Cheesy Pasta and Sausage + Video

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Cheesy Pasta and Sausage is a family favorite comfort food meal. This amazing one pot pasta recipe cooks in one pot, and in only 20 minutes!!

A creamy, cheesy tomato basil sauce cooks right into the linguine pasta in this amazing Italian meal! Toss everything in a pot and let it cook. It’s so easy, it just about cooks itself. Now that’s my kind of meal!

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I am constantly on the hunt for quicker and simpler ways to feed my family in a healthier manner.  30-minute meals and one pot dinners are big around here.

Even Christmas dinner, which used to be an all-day affair, is now prepared in 30 minutes, unless it’s made a crockpot. 

In my quest for quick and easy dinners, one-pot meals have been spectacular for me.  Only one pot to wash – yahoo!!  So, last year I saw this one-pot pasta recipe all over the web. 

This comfort food meal is amazing! You literally toss all of the ingredients in a pot and everything cooks together. Toss in some fresh herbs and cheese at the end, and serve. 

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Watch the video below to see us make the cheesy sausage pasta!

One Pot Cheesy Pasta and Sausage

Oh, my heavens.  this cheesy pasta and sausage is the perfect meal. Tomatoes, basil, ooey-gooey cheese, and sausage come together to create the perfect sauce for the pasta.

It is so flavorful that Chad and I ate two bowls each.  Even Munchkin loved it, and I am sure you will too.

Recipe Tips and Tricks

  • Use your favorite sausage. I prefer Italian sausage links, but you can use your favorite.
  • For more flavor, you can use reduced-sodium chicken broth in place of the water for even more flavor.
  • Want a different type of pasta? You can substitute 1 pound of any dry pasta for the spaghetti. Fettucine and linguine are great options. Just cook it to al dente… this Italian phrase means, “with a slight bite to it.”

QUICK KITCHEN HACK – Slicing Small Tomatoes

1. Grab 2 storage container lids that are the same size. They don’t have to be round, and you can use any size lid, as long as it has a lip around the edge. You can even use small appetizer plates from your kitchen.

2. Place lids with the lip facing up, so you have an edge that will hold your food. Fill one lid with cherry or grape tomatoes. Place the 2nd lid on top of the tomatoes with the lip facing down.

3. Firmly press down on the top lid, but not so hard that you squish your tomatoes. The two lips will hold the tomatoes in place, so they do not roll off the lid.

4. Slide your serrated knife between the lids and carefully slice through them. Watch your fingers. And voila – you have a plate full of sliced tomatoes in a blink!

Kitchen Tools for One-Pot Cheesy Pasta and Sausage:

  • 4 Quart Braising Pan – this is my favorite cookware to use for one-pot meals like this cheesy pasta and sausage. The spaghetti fits completely inside without having to break it in half, so you can put the lid on.
  • Tongs – I love this set of 3. I use every pair of them. They are so handy and grip amazingly well!


With love from our simple kitchen to yours. 

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Cheesy Pasta and Sausage + Video

Donna Elick
Cheesy Pasta and Sausage is a family favorite comfort food meal. This amazing one pot pasta recipe cooks in one pot, in just 20 minutes!
5 stars from 2 reviews
Tried this recipe?Please comment and review!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Main
Cuisine Italian
Method Stovetop
Servings 6 -8



  • 3 cups grape tomatoes, cut in half and divided
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 1 pound smoked Italian sausage links, precooked and sliced into coins
  • 20-30 basil leaves, divided
  • 4 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 1 pound dry linguine, (See Notes)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 4 1/2 cups water, or beef or chicken broth
  • 1 cup fresh shredded Parmesan cheese


  • Set aside 1 cup halved tomatoes, 10 basil leaves, and all of the Parmesan cheese.
  • Combine remaining ingredients in a 12-inch braising pan or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Cover and bring to a boil. Once water is boiling, remove the cover and cook 7-9 minutes, or until pasta is al dente (with a bite to it).  Toss pasta with tongs occasionally to keep the pasta from sticking. The liquid will be mostly absorbed when pasta is finished cooking.
  • Add cheese and toss to combine. Cheese may clump at first, but will melt into the sauce after a few minutes.  Toss in remaining tomatoes and basil before serving.


Donna’s Notes

  1. Use your favorite sausage. I prefer Italian sausage links.
  2. You can substitute 1 pound of any type of dry pasta for the spaghetti. Linguine and fettucine are great options. Just be sure to cook the pasta to al dente (meaning, with a slight bite to it).


Serving: 1 | Calories: 632cal | Carbohydrates: 63g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 69mg | Sodium: 1419mg | Sugar: 5g | Fiber: 4g | Calcium: 252mg | Iron: 2mg

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.

Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!
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Originally published March 2014. Updated and republished June 2022.

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  1. Made this recipe tonight – EASY – TASTY ! Followed the recipe with the exception of used bow-tie pasta. My Italian man loved it as did my granddaughter !

    1. Awesome! So happy it was a hit. Truly any pasta and any cooked sausage work, so playing around to make your own fav is a lot of fun.

  2. I've made this recipe twice already and love it. The only precooked italian sausage I could find at my local grover store was chicken sausage but it works great. A few changes I've made was subbing 1.5 cups of the water for chicken broth and I also add a tablespoon of butter and a little bit of white wine.

    1. Brian, I love your version. I am going to try the wine and chicken broth next time. Thanks for the tips!

  3. Made this tonight, hubby went back for more!
    will make again, but add cheese individually, was a tough clean-up.
    very yummy

  4. I saw this recipe a couple of months ago and thought I would give it a try. My kids love it. I made it for the 3rd time yesterday and now I'm wondering why I've been wasting all that time rolling meatballs and letting that sauce simmer for hours. I added a can of tomato sauce and some Italian herbs to it yesterday. No matter how you change it up, it comes out perfect every time.

  5. I would love to know what stock pot you use in making these dishes…I am looking to purchase ! Thanking you in advance for all these great recipes , can't wait to fix these…I am definitely purchasing these pots… Linda Inglett Sav Ga.

  6. Today I tried it without parmesan, and I used regular sausage instead of Italian. I fried the onions, the sausages, garlic and cherry tomatos a little before adding them to the pasta. Everyone loved it. Thanks for the recipe. Greetings from Turkey.

  7. Yes! I did it followed the exact directions and it was a success! Not to mention super delicious. Made me look like a pro 😉

  8. This might be a dumb question, but what's a braising pot? I have just a regular old big pot for cooking in. Will that work?

  9. This was AMAZING! This will be a go-to dinner for us. I can't wait to try the other one-pot meals. I used my dutch oven. I browned the garlic, onions and sausage in some olive oil. I deglazed the pan with 2 cups of red wine. The rest of the liquid was tomato paste in water. Next time I think I will use another onion and A LOT more garlic and basil.
    Thank you again!

    1. Absolutely. But use your best judgement too. Once it is cooked the pasta should be loose (there should be some sauce in the pan). If it is dry, add a splash of water to the pan before you add your Parmesan.

  10. I printed out the recipe to make next week but only wish you had included your 'notes' in printable version of the recipe. Would had been nice to have your notes included.

    1. Hi Colleen, thank you for letting me know. I updated the printable with those notes. Enjoy and let me know how it goes!

    2. Thank you for the updated printable version and so very grateful you showed the recipe once again as I had misplaced my first print out of the recipe.
      By the way this stuff was Delicious.
      No matter what recipe that calls for pasta; I Always will cook the pasta in veggie, chicken, or beef broth or stock. The stock is never wasted cause once it cools I put in container and place in freezer for next time around when it comes to cooking pasta.
      Some of these older recipes are usually the best and this is one of the Best. Hubby loves it as well as the grandkids.

  11. I made this and your one pot chicken recipes this week for my very Italian boyfriend who usually does all of the cooking. He was very doubtful that either would turn out edible but he ate his words. He went back for seconds and thirds and we could not believe how delicious and flavorful it was for being so easy and quick to make. Great recipe!

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